Saturday, February 07, 2009
Blank slate: village house in Po Toi, part of my contribution to a forthcoming book
This is the question that the artist & art critic Carol Diehl asks here in her Art Vent blog.
I particularly like this paragraph:
"I believe that in the future (which, the way things are going, could be next week) we’re going to be less fascinated with human dysfunction (a la Dumas and Sherman) and seek more art that inspires us, has substance, puts us in awe of human capability."
Hear hear! Then she says:
"I hope that we’ll also figure out another way of experiencing art that doesn’t involve rectangular rooms, white walls, and track lighting."
Over the past few years I've struggled with the same concept. There's something so stiff about stuff that's made to hang on the wall. Simplistic. In Vietnam I discussed possibilities of collaboration with a sound artist.
"I want art to engage and involve, be more than this static thing that we look at while standing on our feet (although I dislike so-called “interactive art" even more), but has to do with its context and, like music, is woven into the fabric of our lives."
...or perhaps the lives of others very different from ours. Here's a fantastic example of a project in Kenya by JR. Not only do these images portray the inhabitants of the village, but the weatherproof material they're printed on serves another purpose: it protects their homes from torrential summer rains.
she finishes with: "I believe the era of the individual genius is waning, and instead collaborative ventures (between individuals as well as disciplines) will come to the forefront."
A unique kind of collaboration I discovered today:this Facebook portrait project by the painter Matt Held. via His paintings wouldn't exist without the initiative of Facebook; it's more egalitarian than traditional portrait painting, where the artist is using the model as a muse, or has been commissioned to paint by a patron.
For some virtual travelling inspiration, have a look at these artists. They gave free holidays to fellow residents of Jakarta, thanks to some creative Photoshopping.